THE SIERRA CLUB-NIAGARA GROUP ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hear a presentation on the Sierra Club’s “Turn, Don’t Burn” Wind Campaign

Jenn Tuttle, Organizer NYS Beyond Coal Campaign

SIERRA CLUB AWARDS 2014 

  • The Blake Reeves to ARTVOICE, Geoff Kelly, Editor

Leadership in covering critical environmental issues such as fracking, renewable energy,

and water protection in Buffalo’s alternative news weekly

 

  • Bruce Kershner Award to Jay Burney

Leadershipin preserving the natural heritage of our region

especially for his work on Times Beach Nature Preserve

 

LOCATION :  My Tomato Pie Restaurant 3085 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226

Northtown Plaza between Alberta Dr. and Niagara Falls Blvd.

TIME: Begins at 5:45pm and dinner buffet will be served at 6:30pm.

COST: Dinner is Dutch treat.  It will be a dinner buffet with vegetarian options and cost approximately $25 including tax and gratuity.

 

Please RSVP by May 3rd. You can either e-mail sierraclubangela@gmail.com

 or call Larry at 716-634-8715.   Hope to see you there!

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THE NIAGARA GROUP ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, MAY 8TH.

SAVE THE DATE!!!   This is always a fun event where you are able to meet fellow Sierrans, Executive Committee members and this year’s award recipients.  All are invited.  The dinner is being held My Tomato Pie Restaurant 3085 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226 which is located in the Northtown Plaza between Alberta Dr. and Niagara Falls Blvd.  The function will begin at 5:45pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Dinner is Dutch treat.  It will be a buffet style and cost approx. $25 including tax and gratuity.

Please RSVP by April 25th. You can either e-mail <sierraclubangela@gmail.com> or call Larry at 716-634-8715.   Hope to see you there!

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Spring Into Nature Event

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Please join fellow Sierrans as we “Spring Into Nature” at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. 1101 Casey Rd. Basom, NY 14013

(585) 948-5445

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, to welcome spring back to the swamp, will be held on Saturday April 26 from 9 AM – 4PM. There will be activities throughout the day for the entire family including nature related exhibits, hands-on activities for the kids, and live birds of prey. Come and meet Puddles, a blue goose that is the refuge mascot. Speakers will be addressing such topics as water level management, invasive species and mussels. Purchase food from vendors or bring a picnic lunch. Come for all or part of the day but join us at the Sierra Club table for a picnic lunch at noon. All activities are FREE.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Vicky Southall at linjed2003@yahoo.com (subject line – Iroquois) or 585 704-6307.

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How can a Homeowner put Solar on their Roof?

 

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Information Presentation on Solar Home Installation

The Sierra Club Niagara Group and UB Office of Sustainability are sponsoring an informational session on Solar Home Installation.

 

Hear about the benefits of a solar panel installation on your home.

Have your “how to” questions answered.

 

Presentation by local installers:  CIR Electric, Frey Electric and Solar Liberty.

 

Date:  Monday March 24 at 7 PM

Place: UB Gateway Building, Room 208

77 Goodell (at the corner of Goodell and Ellicott), Buffalo, NY

 

For more information

Go to www.niagarasierraclub.wordpress.com or e-mail sierraclubangela@gmail.com

 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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NEXT WRITER’S GROUP MEETING: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Climate and Clean Energy Writer’s Group

A public education and outreach project of the Sierra Club Niagara Group.

Meets Monday, March 3rd, 2014

With Kevin Walter,

Buffalo News Deputy Editorial Page Editor

 

We’re pleased to announce that Kevin Walter will join us for this month’s Sierra Club CACE Writers Group meeting.  Mr. Walter will present on the basics of the News’ editorial page, and answer questions.  This will be a great opportunity for aspiring writers to hear what it takes to get their writing published and to get an inside look at the process.

WHO:   Open to the public and free.  This event is geared toward those who wish to write about climate and clean energy issues, but all are welcome.

WHAT: The Sierra Club’s Climate and Clean Energy (CACE) Writers Group holds its February monthly meeting, co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (UUCB) Social Justice Task Force

WHEN:  Monday, March 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.The presentation and Q&A will take 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short break when non-writers are welcome to exit if they like, leaving 30-45 minutes to review recent media reports and discuss writing projects. 

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church – 695 Elmwood at Ferry.  Use the garden entrance – meeting is in the 2nd floor Alliance Room

There is no process required.  If you would like us to help you with fact checking or editing, or any form of encouragement, please contact us.

Current top 5 articles we’re tracking:

If you would like to review one or more of these articles for our February meeting, please let us know.

We encourage you to write a letter to the editor or article regarding any of the issues raised in these articles or others that inspire you to respond, and we are ready and willing to help with fact checking, editing etc.

1.  Sierra Club fact sheet on the Trans Pacific Partnership, which could have a devastating impact on clean energy development.

2. A Letter to the Editor (LTE) from our own Ellen Banks on clean energy and the W. Virginia Coal spill.

3. A Study shows fracking is bad for babies.

4. Davos:  Climate Impacts Pose Severe Global Economic Risks.

5.  Climate Change Will Double El Nino Events.

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UPCOMING EVENTS!

 Wednesday January 29th, 7:00-8:00pm

 SIERRA CLUB CLEAN ENERGY CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF MEETING

Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo Alliance Room

695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo

 Dirty fuels like coal and gas put WNY families at risk. Not only do they pollute our air, but it also contributes to asthma and climate change. The great news is that WNY can be a leader in clean energy.  We’re starting to use our historic manufacturing base as an example of what is possible in a clean energy future, but we can do a lot more.  All we need is for Gov. Cuomo to step up and be a hero for renewable energy.  You can help make that happen!

So please join us at our Kick-Off Meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00pm to learn more about the campaign and how you can help. With enough people involved, we can introduce new clean energy programs for the state of New York, making our transition to clean energy possible!

RSVP welcomed but not necessary –   charlotteo@greencorps.org  –  and bring a friend!

Monday Feb. 3rd

 CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT PRESENTATION

Frederick Stoss, MS, MLS – SUNY University at Buffalo Librarian for Biological Sciences, Ecology/Environmental Science, Geology and Math, will give a short presentation on Climate Change.  Mr. Stoss has trained with the Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

WHO:   Open to the public and free.  This event is geared toward those who wish to write about climate and clean energy issues, but all are welcome.

WHAT: The Sierra Club’s Climate and Clean Energy (CACE) Writers Group holds its February monthly meeting, Co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (UUCB) Social Justice Task Force.

WHEN:  Monday, February 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The presentation and Q&A will take 45 minutes to an hour, followed by a short break when non-writers are welcome to exit if they like, leaving 30-45 minutes to review recent media reports and discuss writing projects

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church – 695 Elmwood at Ferry.  Use the garden entrance – meeting is in the 2nd floor Alliance Room

WHY:  Mr. Stoss will provide us with a short, science based overview of Climate Change

Monday Feb. 10th

PROPOSED FRACKING BAN IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY

The Chautauqua Town Council is considering a resolution to ban use and transport of frack waste in the Town and a recommendation to the County Legislature to ban fracking in Chautauqua County.  The Town meeting to discuss fracking is scheduled for February 10 at 7:15 in the Town Offices located in the old School building in Mayville.  Please attend and let the Town Council know that fracking is a dangerous industrial process that results in toxic waste; it is a danger to public health.  For more information, contact Jenn – 703- 895- 4571

Monday Feb. 24th

Energy Committee Meeting

If you are interested in promoting clean, renewable energy in WNY please consider attending the Energy Committee meeting of the SC Niagara Group. The next meeting is scheduled for:

Monday Jan. 20, 2014  at 6 PM

Tri-Main Building 2495 Main St (use Halbert street entrance)

WNYCOSH Room # 438

Tuesday February 25th

Sierra Club-Niagara Group General Group Meeting

We hold Group meetings the fourth Tuesday of the month at Daemen College, in room 240 of Dun Scotus Hall. The campus is located at 4380 Main Street in Amherst. Our meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are packed with discussion of current environmental issues. All are welcome, come join us. We look forward to meeting you.

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Showing of Comfort Zone, A Film About Climate Change and Western New York.

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On October 29, 2013, the anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, Sierra Club Niagara Group hosted a screening of “Comfort Zone” and had a discussion of what we can do in the face of climate change.  We joined people all across the country to remember Super Storm Sandy and all the impacts of climate change we had seen that year.

In the year since Super Storm Sandy made landfall and ravaged the East Coast, communities across the nation have suffered extreme droughts, storms, wildfires, and “biblical” flooding.  As Robert Ciesielski, Chair of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter’s Energy Committee says, “Too many Americans are already fighting to survive in what scientists say is just the beginning of climate change.  Our burning of fossil fuels has brought us into a new raeality.”

Stories from communities impacted by extreme weather have shown our remarkable resilience.  Staten Island, Cedar Rapids, New Orleans, Boulder are rebuilding with compassion and strength that shows the best of the human spirit.

On October 29th we came together to remember those who have suffered and those who continue to survive the impacts of carbon pollution. Lynda Schneekloth, Chair of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, reminded us that “We must commit ourselves to responsibility for our shared future and for the world we leave our children’s children. We must keep it safe, healthy and prosperous… for them.”

The film made it clear that climate is already changing. And it asked us:  “Now, what about us?  What can we do to prepare ourselves and our communities?  What do we, as individuals here, have at stake?  What can we do about it?”

If you would like some suggestions of what we can do right now to halt the use of dirty fossil fuels and move to renewable energy, please go to Climate Change > What Can I Do About Climate Change, or click here.

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